We said goodbye to a legend over the weekend. B.B. King was laid to rest in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday following an invitation-only funeral and memorial service at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The Rolling Stone reports the three-and-a-half hour service was live-streamed by the Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
King’s longtime personal assistant Myron Johnson, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and country singer Marty Stuart remembered King through eulogies. In addition, Fats Domino performed “Amazing Grace at the service.
President Barack Obama, although not in attendance, penned a letter in memory of King that was read at the funeral service by Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson.
“B.B. may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight,” Obama wrote.
King died May 14 in Las Vegas, at the age of 89. Get more from the funeral at The Rolling Stone.
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